12 Best Handheld Vacuums for Pet Hair in 2017

Cleaning up after your pet’s fur is a constant chore, and removing it by hand isn’t an option!

You need a vacuum with powerful suction and the proper attachments to help you rid your home and your furniture of all that fluff.

Since there are quite a few different models available, we thought we would focus on handheld vacuums for those of you in need of a quick, lightweight appliance to help you target pet fur in smaller areas.

Not sure who makes the best handheld vacuum for pet hair? Read on, and our experts will provide you with all of the information you need to choose the right one.

Top 12 Handheld Vacuums for Pet Hair Ultimate Table

DesignNameTypeFilterRating (1-5)
  1. Bissell Cleanview Deluxe Corded Handheld Vacuum Corded HEPA Media 4.4
  2. BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL 20V Max Lithium Flex Vac Cordless 3-Stage 4.3
  3. BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac Cordless Washable 4.3
  4. Eureka EasyClean Corded Hand-Held Vacuum Corded Reusable* 4.1
  5. Dyson V6 Top Dog Handheld Vacuum Cordless HEPA 4.1
6. Black + Decker BDH2000L 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum Cordless Replaceable 4.1
7. Carrand 94005AS AutoSpa Bagless Auto-Vac Hand-Held Vaccum Corded Washable 3.9
8. Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II Hand Vac Cordless Perfect Pet Filtration 3.8
  9. Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum Cordless Dual 3.8
  10. Royal Appliance M0105 Dirt Devil Purpose Corded HEPA 3.8
  11. Bissell 1316 Bolt Reach Pet Cordless Hand Vacuum Cordless N/A 3.5
  12. Dirt Devil Hand Vacuum Cleaner Total Power Pet 15.6 Volt Bagless Cordless Handheld Vacuum BD10167 Cordless Washable 3.1

*This filter cannot be washed with water. Shake it off when necessary to remove excess dust and debris.

Should I Go with a Corded or a Cordless Model?

Both vacuums have pros and cons to consider, so there is no cut and dry answer to this question.

Cordless models are, undoubtedly, the most convenient option. You don’t have to worry about using them near an outlet or any extension cords. Just charge the battery and take it wherever you need!

The downside to a cordless vacuum is that suction can fade as the battery loses juice, which means that it won’t be as efficient, and you’re limited to the amount of time that you can use it.

A corded handheld, on the other hand, will provide you with constant suction. True, the cord will limit your reach, but for most, this isn’t a huge issue.

Look for Pet Hair Attachments

Not just any old vacuum will do for removing pet hair from carpet and upholstery. You need special tools and attachments that can help you get the job done right.

  • Motorized Heads – Hand vacs like the Dyson V6 Top Dog come with a handy motorized head attachment that will help work the fur and hair up from fabric fibers. If you are vacuuming your upholstery, then a tool like this is crucial to pet hair removal.
  • Anything Rubbery – One of the reasons why the Bissell Cleanview Deluxe is the best handheld vacuum on our list is because of the rubberized head attachment.

Rubber attracts fur just like flowers attract the bees, so it is a very effective material when it comes to removing fur from upholstery and carpet.

Keep in mind that these two types of attachments aren’t necessary for hard flooring. Any handheld vacuum will do when you need to vacuum up fur and hair near the food bowl, along the baseboard or in the many nooks and crannies around the home.

A Good Filtration System Would Be Nice

When you vacuum, you’re not only removing pet hair but also dandruff and dust, which is why a good filtration system is useful.

Filters can help lower pet-related allergens in the air, and one of the most well-known  is the HEPA. These work by forcing air through a fine mesh panel, fine enough that it traps particles like dust mites, pollen, pet dander and even cigarette smoke!

You’ll notice that some filters in the vacuums on our list can be washed, which is the most cost-efficient option but not always the best. You have to clean it regularly if you want maximum results, and many people just don’t bother.

Replaceable filters can cause your maintenance costs to increase, and while we do like the Eureka EasyClean (71B), we weren’t too thrilled to see that it uses a filter that you can’t wash. Shaking it off now and then will remove the large particles but not the smaller ones.

Top 5 Best Handheld Vacuum for Pet Hair Reviews

In spite of the fact that the pickings were a bit slim, we felt that these were some of the best handheld vacuums for pet hair currently available on the market.

1. Bissell Cleanview Deluxe (47R51)

Bissell actually offers a very similar model called the Pet Hair Eraser – 33A1 model – but we felt this one was slightly more useful since it has a longer power cord, it provides more powerful suction, and you also get a few extra tools with it.

Both models feature the rubber contour nozzle, but this one also comes with a hose adapter nozzle, a mouth tool for cleaning flat surfaces, and a crevice tool. You’ll appreciate that it has a HEPA Media filter that will help trap pet dander as you suck up the fur.

The power cord, as we mentioned, is longer on this model at a generous 18 feet, which is two feet longer than the Pet Hair Eraser.

One feature that we did find rather unhelpful was the fact that the exhaust fans blowing from the side of the unit can end up blowing debris away from the area you’re trying to clean. For pet hair that is stuck on upholstery or carpeting, this is a very effective tool, but if you have to use the hose attachment for lighter messes, be aware that you might encounter this small hiccup.

Overall, we still feel that it is the ideal addition to any cleaning closet and very effective at removing pet hair from upholstery and carpeting.

2. Black + Decker Lithium Flex Vac

Black + Decker had a few models we liked when it came to pet hair removal, but this was our favorite.

It is a more serious unit than the Bissell Cleanview Deluxe (which was more appropriate for small, concentrated areas of pet hair), and we love that it has 3-stage filtration system that helps trap even more particles than the HEPA media filter of the Bissell. You can also wash the filter!

We appreciated the convenience of this vacuum since it is cordless and you can probably get a good hour or so of use on a single charge (if you use it on a fully charged battery).

It is ideal for pet hair removal thanks to the round, rubber head attachment and it cleans upholstery thoroughly. The suction is powerful but doesn’t seem to be quite as powerful as the previous version of this vacuum.

You’ll find it useful around the house for a variety of cleaning tasks and not just for pet hair removal from upholstery. Use it in the car, for light dusting or smaller messes throughout the home.

3. Black + Decker Lithium Hand Vac (CHV1410L)

We do realize that it isn’t the best handheld vacuum for pet hair removal from carpeting or upholstery, but since some of you have hard flooring, you won’t want to use a rubber nozzle on your nice hardwood or tile!

It is a great handheld vac if you need to remove pet hair from tight crevices or corners where the hair, dandruff, and other small debris gather. The tip of the nozzle does have a little brush that you can slide down when you want to pass it over delicate surfaces.

Again, this isn’t going to do much on your carpet or upholstery, but for pet hair removal from hard surfaces, it is a great option. It’s one of the most popular handheld vacuums on the market in general, so if you don’t have an extensive pet hair problem (i.e. your pets don’t jump on the furniture), it would be an excellent option.

4. Eureka EasyClean (71B)

Moving back to something that you can use on furniture and carpeting, we tried the Eureka EasyClean and found it to be quite effective at pet hair removal.

It’s more or less in the same price range as the Bissell bout has a longer cord (20 feet), and you can even use it on vertical surfaces. There is a little visor on the front that you can flip up or down, so when you flip it down, you can vacuum the sides of stairs. Watch the video below and you’ll see what we mean!

It is perfect for pet hair and fine particles, and you won’t be limited to using it on carpet and upholstery since it works just as well on hard floors, as well.

EasyClean seems to work best on flat surfaces, but if you want to use it in your car where there are a lot of uneven areas, don’t expect it to pick up everything.

Wil the suction was great, and we were pleased with the overall performance, you will need to clean the filter out frequently if you want to ensure that it continues to clean thoroughly.

Check out Eureka’s video to have a visual idea of what to expect when you take it out of the box.

5. Dyson V6 Top Dog

Some people love Dyson vacuums while others can’t stand them. They’re expensive and they do have their flaws, but when it came to pet hair removal in the handheld vacuum category, we thought that the Top Dog did a top-notch job at removing the fluff.

The key to its success is the mini motorized tool that helps lift dirt and hair from deep within fabric fibers for better removal. This handheld uses the same great suction technology as all of Dyson’s V6 models (2-tier radial cyclones, the Dyson Digital Motor and 20-minute suction), but they main differences are in the type of attachment heads that are included and the filtration system.

While we do agree that it is a great pet hair removal tool, you can find products that also come with pet hair attachments for a lot less money.

If you’re a Dyson fan already and interested in one for pet hair removal, it won’t disappoint. The technology is superb and it is comfortable to use. Not our top pick, but still a noteworthy unit!